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Mrs. McKinney from Fort Smith AR is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Setting the Mood for Learning

Help me give my students floor lamps for softer lighting and fragrance wax melts for a more inviting, calming learning environment.

  • $171 goal

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My Students

The upcoming school year will be my 17th year of teaching 9th graders, ranging in age from 14-16, at a 7th through 9th grade junior high school. My students come from very diverse backgrounds. Over 90% of my students receive free/reduced lunch, and many are also from homes where English is not the primary language spoken.

Our school is transitioning to a 1-to-1 Chromebook learning environment in the 2018-2019 school year.

My students will be required to use new forms of technology to enhance their learning and classwork.

Regardless of their challenges, the majority of my students are motivated to learn and make the most of their high school experience, so that they can succeed in college and/or careers.

My Project

A welcoming, calming classroom environment is one of the best ways I've found to encourage positive student behavior, and thus, maximize their learning. I prefer the softer light of lamps versus harsh overhead lighting in my own home, and I've learned that my students prefer this as well in the classroom.

Turning off the harsh, fluorescent lights and turning on a few lamps around the room seems to quiet and focus even my most restless teenagers, allowing them to listen to instruction and work more productively.

Some areas of my large classroom are still not adequately lit with the existing lamps, so a couple of new floor lamps would help with this. In addition to the setting the mood to focus with lighting, Also, I occasionally use a scented wax warmer to freshen up the room, so we need additional wax. The kids love the fragrances, and I feel like it makes them more comfortable to be in a homey space.

Mrs. McKinney
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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4 donors4 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 125 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ikea 101.398.79"NOT" Floor Uplight Lamp 69-inch includes IKEA LED Light Bulb E26 5W 400 Lumen • Amazon Business $23.99 2 $47.98
TCP 60W Equivalent CFL Mini Spring A Lamp, Daylight (5000K) Spiral Light Bulb (10 Pack) • Amazon Business $21.17 1 $21.17
Better Homes and Gardens Soft Cashmere Amber Scented Wax Cubes - 4-Pack • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Hosley Set of 6 Lemon Bars Wax Cubes- 2.5 oz Each. Hand Poured Wax Infused with Essential Oils. Ideal for Weddings, Spa, Reiki, Meditation Settings W1. • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
4 Pack 25WLITE 25 Watt Replacement light Bulb for Authentic Scentsy Full-Size Warmer • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99

Materials cost

$105.07

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$8.67

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.58

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$145.32

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$25.64

Total project goal

$170.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$170.96

1 Donor

-$145.32

Donations toward project cost

-$145.32

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$0.00

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$25.64

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$0.00

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